Image 1

Residents work with council to limit noise around Shepherds Bush

Categoriesnews Environmentnews

Image captionImage 1: Shepherds Bush tube station

Hammersmith & Fulham council is acting to protect residents from noise nuisance around Shepherds Bush tube station.

Following a consultation earlier this year with local residents, H&F Council has placed a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) outside the station, restricting loud public performances and the use of amplifiers for music and public speaking.

"We applaud and welcome creative and artistic entertainment in our borough, however there is a very real noise problem for residents living close by when loud amplifiers are used in this location," said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents' Services.

"We are determined to protect their quality of life, so we worked with local residents to develop this approach that will ensure noise nuisance is kept to a minimum, especially at times when residents should reasonably expect peace."

To prevent residents being disturbed in the evenings, which had been raised with H&F as a particular concern, the PSPO will stop loud music, busking and amplified public speaking near Shepherds Bush tube after 6pm. Further measures will prevent clustering of buskers near each other.

Noise nuisance is anti-social and can have a significantly adverse effect on the well-being of those it disturbs. Residents had expressed that the issue worsens in the summer months, so H&F worked quickly to bring the PSPO into force to address this.

More details on the PSPO and a map of the area it covers can be viewed can be viewed online. It will come into force on 23 June.

As part of H&F’s plans to support the vibrancy of street art, the council will consult more widely later in the summer on a borough-wide approach to busking that will promote creative and artistic street entertainment, whilst providing the necessary safeguards that protect residents and businesses.